Thomas Merton wrote that life consists of learning to live on one's own, spntaneous, freewheeling. To do this one must know yourself, and be at home with yourself. This means learning who you are, learning what you have to offer to the world, and then learning how to make that offering truthful, valid. Honest.
Every day, I receive the great gift of learning more about myself, of understanding who I am, what I can do, what I can offer. There is great safety in that. It melts away fear and confusion, and the swirling anxieties that drown so many of us in our own sad stew.
Off on the Hadley experiment, to broaden the idea of a book tour, to enter into a conversation about the nature of writing, to listen and learn and take advantage of this rare opportunity to enter the world and meet some of the people who live in it. I am lucky to be traveling with my former girlfriend, as we share our knowledge of life every day. And always root for one another.